Liberty skis

About the company
From their website:
“Liberty Skis is an independent, Colorado ski manufacturer that has made a commitment to use renewable energy and materials. They make all-terrain skis with a laminated bamboo core. The operation also runs on 100% wind power. Liberty believes that using renewable resources like bamboo in our cores and wind power for our energy needs sets a positive example for the skiing community and for manufacturing in general”.

My summary
Another smaller ski company that seems to be taking a commitment to sustainability into the core of it’s approach to business. Their key claims to greenness are the relienace on wind energy, use of renewable materials in all their skis (bamboo) and an attempt to get supply chains as green as possible through considering the overall carbon impacts of their operations.

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Leader (***)

Sustainability criteria:

reporting framework: how does the company benchmark what it does/ reports? Does it use one of the international accredited systems

  • information on resources used – recycled materials, use of renewable materials, etc

Liberty was the first ski company to commit to 100% wind power and has been using bamboo for the last 5 years. They are still the only company to use bamboo in 100% of their skis. This is done not only as a performance enhancing feature, but one that makes sense in an industry so profoundly affected by the environment and weather.

  • energy consumption & carbon dioxide emissions

The company uses 100% green energy (Wind).

  • distance travelled & waste generated

“We know that ski manufacturing is not a benign process and we must still use plastic and other petrochemicals to ensure the highest quality products, but we are doing what we can to reduce our impact. We weigh all of our materials when they enter the factory and again when the finished products leave the factory to reduce waste, and use dense-pack shipping methods via highly efficient ocean shipping to reduce waste and fuel costs”

All ski packaging is reusable and recycled.

  • water consumption
  • working conditions

From the company:
“Liberty hand builds skis at our dedicated facility in China.
The decision to locate our factory in China was due to the fact that it is closest to our largest single component, the bamboo cores so we reduce shipping emissions and can control our materials better.  We hand make our skis in a dedicated facility”.

No specific details on working conditions in the facility.

  • other environmental claims or benefits

Recently Liberty was recognised by the SIA in America for its environmental efforts, check here for details.

  • details on who stocks the item/ where to find it/ where to get further information

Bent Square Pty Ltd. import Liberty Skis to Australia.

Liberty skis are found at all Larry Adler stores and Slopestyle Mountain Sports, Perisher Center, Perisher Ski Resort.

There is a demo fleet that allows people to test the difference of a bamboo core located at the Slopestyle Mountain Sports Store, Perisher Valley.

For extra details on the company, please check here.

One Response to Liberty skis

  1. Chrissie says:

    Hello!
    What a wonderful blog, thanks for the helpful information!
    Having just written a dissertation on ski manufacture, I included a section on environmentally aware ski brands- I don’t know if you’re interested in adding more to this section, but if so here’s a list of some of the others I’ve found:

    “Many ski manufacturers are now starting to consider the environmental impact of their manufacturing. ON3P use bamboo cores in their skis, meaning a more sustainable solution with great performance qualities, while Moment use sustainably source wood for their cores. Wagner Custom’s workshop is 100% wind and sun generated (Wagner Custom, 2011), while Liberty focus on using bamboo cores in all of their ski models, as well as using 100% wind power for their workshop (Walker, 2013). RAMP Sports take it further – with both bamboo cores and an eco-resin called Super Sap. This uses pine byproduct as its base, and means that employees and the environment are safer. They also use a minimum of 10% wind generated energy (of their total energy use), while offering consumers a buyback credit system, and free re-usable ski bags with their purchase to eliminate packaging (Ramp Sports, 2012).

    Grown skis are “the most environmentally friendly skis on the market” (Grown Skis, 2008), using fibres from organic basalt instead of using glass or carbon fibres, and recycled bases, along with sustainably sourced wood. They calculate the GWP (global warming potential) of each pair of skis, showing the consumer the quantified carbon footprint of the ski. The remaining CO2 emissions are then offset through the non-profit organization myclimate. Their aim is to set a benchmark for the rest of the industry to respond to (Grown Skis, 2008). ”

    I also know that Jones snowboards use recycled materials for their bases, and possibly more.

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